Letter to Protect Public-Use Recreational and Backcountry Airstrips
December 15, 2011 – House General Aviation Caucus co-chairs Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA) have written to Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), chairman of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee, warning that the closure of public-use recreational and backcountry airstrips could be unintended consequences of H.R. 1505, the National Lands and Federal Security Protection Act. Bishop is also a member of the GA Caucus.
“Based on our reading of H.R. 1505, we believe it gives broad authority to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to access federally owned and managed land, specifically public-use recreational and backcountry airstrips,” the letter reads. “We ask that you consider including language in this legislation to clarify that DHS shall not have the authority to close or otherwise impede the use or construction of public-use recreational and backcountry airstrips.”
To read the letter, click here.